You Have 48 Hours (Gifted Note Cards)

"I want something pretty and original. Any chance you have something in your portfolio? "

With these words, the whirlwind began. My boyfriend's aunt was looking for unique cards to give as a gift to a close friend who was retiring, and who loves to write personal notes. I received a text on a Tuesday morning asking if it would be possible to leverage any existing designs I might have and whip up some note cards in time for the retirement party that Thursday, two days later. I had just waltzed in to work, but agreed to take on the challenge because, you know, I love things that are pretty and original. Why would I pass up the opportunity?

I was off to the races. Later that evening, I started pulling illustrations and details from some of the lovely wedding invites and programs I've gotten to design recently; you might recognize some of the pretty peonies, hydrangeas, daisies, and lemons from previous blog posts. Aunt Peg and I agreed to meet the following evening to get the note cards printed, which meant my goal was to finish the design and run it by her at lunch on Wednesday via text (check), run to an event after work (they had Chick-fil-a nuggets, so thumbs up for that), and round everything out just before printing time (check).

Unfortunately, however, we got to the printers at 10:57p.m., and they had already locked their doors. A minor setback; so, I was up early the next morning and at the printers first thing (well, after I got my favorite breakfast sandwich to help wake me up for the eventful morning ahead). Thankfully the queues weren't busy yet, so I was able to get the note cards printed, cut them out, score them, and put them together in a pretty little package. They were finished in time for the party, and I'm told the retiree loved them! Success!

Despite the 48 hour turnaround time, I'd say they turned out pretty nicely! Leave a comment below and let me know which one is your favorite!

Molly & Kevin's Wedding Invitations

Recently, two of my good friends, Molly & Kevin, gave me the opportunity to design their wedding invitations. Molly had seen Kate & Ty's invites (a few blog posts below), and after searching for templated invitations for a bit, asked me to design custom ones for her. I was so excited!

The design process with Molly was similar to the process with Kate and McKenna; we sat down and discussed relevant wedding details (such as colors, flowers, centerpieces, location, & more), looked at inspiration, and then reviewed some early ideas. From there, Molly and I worked together to refine the invitations. I also kept her sister and maid of honor, Kylee, in the loop (we lead Young Life together, so it was hard not to!).

Once the design was finished, I got to do something I hadn't done yet--coordinate the printing! Molly and I went to a local printer one night and got the invites printed, trimmed, and ready to go. We had previously ordered lemonade yellow envelopes to send the lovely invites out in. Finally, one other thing I was able to help with, which you'll see a sample of in the photos below, was address the envelopes.

The last thing left to do was wait to receive my own invitation in the mail, and now I'm looking forward to having a great time at the wedding!

McKenna & Nathan's Wedding Invitations

I had the pleasure of designing custom wedding invitations and wine labels for McKenna, a friend  I met in college, and her now-husband Nathan (I actually went to high school with his sister--small world!).

McKenna had a general idea of the look and feel she wanted for the invitation, but was pretty open about the details and graciously trusted my judgment. So, after we looked at inspiration and discussed relevant wedding details, I designed the invitations you'll see below. Rather than a printed RSVP card, McKenna used an online RSVP; however, she did ask me to design something a little bit uncommon, but very fun--wine labels! My college roommate (Erin's) dad actually made the wine for the wedding, and from there I designed the labels to complement the colors of the glass and wine (red wine was in green glass bottles, and white wine was in clear glass bottles).

I'm thankful that McKenna asked me to design these pieces of her beautiful wedding, and for the experience I gained in the process. I'm looking forward to many more custom projects to come!

Kate & Ty's Wedding Invitation Suite

Back in September my friend Kate, who I'm involved in the Young Life community with, asked me to design her save-the-dates and wedding invitations. Well, if I'm being honest, I asked her if I could design them, and she graciously accepted my offer. This was a really exciting step for me, as this was the first save-the-date and invitation suite I was creating for a friend (or at all).

Kate and her now-husband Ty, a good friend of mine from college, got engaged in June 2014 and married in March 2015. Overall, it was a great experience to see the process through from start to finish; during the fall, I designed the save-the-dates and excitedly received one in the mail. Next came the invitation suite, which included the invitations themselves, RSVP cards, and pretty pink envelopes. Kate found a great deal on printing, which relieved me of handling that aspect of the design process (however, I'm happy to report I am in the process of figuring these things out for current and future clients!). The invites were mailed in February; finally, in early March, I got to design the programs for the ceremony, as well as have a blast at the wedding!

As for the process itself, Kate and I sat down and discussed what she wanted the look and feel of her save-the-dates and invitations to be. She sent me a few images for inspiration; we also discussed her wedding colors and the flowers she was planning to have in her bouquet. After our discussion, it seemed she wanted something simple and beautiful, so that is what I strove for. Lucky for me, Kate was really laid back and open about the design, so I got to be creative and create something that was unique and personal to her.

I'm so happy I got to design these beautiful invitations, and am excited about more invites and projects currently in the works! Take a look at some of the photos below to see the full suite!

My [New?] Passion

Recently, I've developed a new passion. Or perhaps I should say that an old passion has resurfaced, and it's commonly referred to as hand-lettering. I have very much enjoyed creating hand-written typefaces since the ninth grade, when I used to illustrate song lyrics (via various hand-drawn, bubble-letter-esque, scripty, stacking typefaces)  all over my algebra notes (on lined paper, no less). I'm happy to report that my doodles have greatly improved (as well as my choice of sketch materials--helloooo moleskine and micron pens). As they should, now that I'm backed by a professional degree and much more practice, experience, knowledge, and, yes, passion. I absolutely love this stuff. I can't believe it took me this long to really get into it, but it has become an enduring interest and something I think about constantly--no matter what else is going on, I'm collecting ideas and quotes and mental pictures everywhere I go (and I have the scattered and scribbled notes to prove it). I know that the more I practice, research and develop this passion, the better I will become at it. And so I've started to pull inspiration. I see design in everything (I've been told I can't look at anything without critiquing it.. oops). My instagram feed has become a constant source of inspiration, my cousins and friends have started to send me links to design websites because I talk about it so much, and I've started to dream. But enough about that for now. I'm thankful for my abilities so far and am looking forward to what's to come. Here's to passion.